Street Photography, Cusco, Peru, 1989
Street Photography, Cusco, Peru, 1989

The human mind developed according to the model presented here, based on the small and even tiny steps of Darwin’s theory of evolution. (1) At first, the brain existed, gradually reaching an ever-increasing volume.

(2) The transition to the network was as described a fluid one; it took many generations until the network was fully developed. (3) The network dependency of individuals did not develop overnight but rather in small steps. (4) The motivational impulse with which individuals motivate each other originated from unconscious beginnings and developed gradually.

From the very beginning, the human spirit served to control instincts through motivation i.e. by encouragement or placation; it did not develop from the transmission of neutral information.

To illustrate the concept of the spirit, it is worth examining religious traditions, since religion has older roots than philosophy. At the beginning of the Old Testament in 1 Moses 2 tells how the Jewish god Yahweh created man (Adam) out of clay. But it is only when God breathes spirit into him that man begins to live; he has ideas for shaping his life.

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V.      The beginnings of the mind

Hypothesis 19

The human mind

Shoeshine boys, Plaza de la Independencia, Quito, Ecuador, 1989
Shoeshine boys, Plaza de la Independencia, Quito, Ecuador, 1989

The individuals of the social group from hypothesis 18 are network-capable insofar as they can communicate and cooperate within a network.

After several generations, the descendants of the network-capable social group are also network-needy, inasmuch as they lose their courage to live without the encouragement and help of the group members and, therefore, cannot survive without the network.

The motivational impulse of the network members, which is necessary for the courage to live, is the bedrock of the human spirit. Like our animal relatives, we humans need our instinctive costumes to survive, and as networkers we also need the motivational impulses of the network participants.